Tottenham midfielder is not included in the club's pre-season tour to Australia.
Tottenham's Nabil Bentaleb
Tottenham Hotspur's pre-season tour squad to Australia features a number of high profile absentees.
All of those who played at Euro 2016 are missing, but more surprisingly, several players who have already returned to training will be left behind, with a real focus on youth instead.
Among the players who will not be travelling is Nabil Bentaleb, who along with Alex Pritchard and Grant Ward were three names who had been expected to feature.
Tottenham's Nabil Bentaleb in action with AC Milan's Nigel de Jong
Bentaleb had a disappointing, injury disrupted campaign last season, where he appeared to lose the trust of head coach Mauricio Pochettino.
A year earlier he had been one of the team's outstanding players, but along with Ryan Mason, the rise of Eric Dier has seen him fall down the pecking order, and with Victor Wanyama signed, his chances already looked bleak before the squad announcement.
Yet it was still surprising to see Bentaleb not included when Tom Carroll and Ryan Mason were, with the Algerian arguably having a higher upside than either player.
Southampton's James Ward-Prowse and Tottenham's Nabil Bentaleb in action
There is a strong chance that Bentaleb exits the club this summer now, as he appears not to be in the first team plans.
Here is a look at how Tottenham fans reacted on Twitter to his omission...
IF BENTALEB GOES I GO.— Ryan (@Bentalebae) July 22, 2016
Keep Bentaleb ffs. Mason or Carroll out.— Don (@HotspurDon) July 22, 2016
Don't understand what is going on with Bentaleb— Deo (@AaronJDeo) July 22, 2016
Looks like Bentaleb, Pritchard & Njie's futures are elsewhere. Can't say I'm disappointed. We have better in every position. Wish them well.— Pritch. (@pritch_16) July 22, 2016
I like Bentaleb but I don't think he can play in this side, he should have watched Dier and adapted himself— glory glory (@gloryglorytott) July 22, 2016
Levy will want £20m ish
Seriously. If we keep Mason & Carroll over Bentaleb this summer than Poch is a clown!!— WHLParkLane (@Craig_Spur) July 22, 2016
Its sad to see Bentaleb not in the squad, but I'm hoping him and Pritchard may be on a fitness programme, and not leaving the club.— D∀N (@False_CB) July 22, 2016
HUGE MISTAKE SELLING BENTALEB AND PRITCHARD.— Edy (@edy_shadows7) July 22, 2016